A scientific approach to the problem of alcoholism

September 07, 2019

A scientific approach to the problem of alcoholism

Alcoholism is the most serious form of problem drinking, and describes a strong, often uncontrollable, desire to drink. Sufferers of alcoholism will often place drinking above all other obligations, including work and family, and may build up a physical tolerance or experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop.

Harmful use of alcohol 

Harmful use of alcohol is one of the main factors contributing to premature deaths and disability and has a major impact on public health.
  •  Alcohol can damage nearly every organ and system in the body.
  • In 2002, the harmful use of alcohol was estimated to cause about 2.3 million premature deaths worldwide (3.7% of global deaths). 
  • Alcohol increases the risk of cancer.(cancers of the mouth, esophagus, liver and breast are all causally related to alcohol).
  • Health and social problems caused by drinking often affect entire families and communities, and a significant portion of the family budget is often spent on alcoholic beverages. 

How can we control the use of alcohol?

  • Set a realistic goal for your alcohol use.
  • Keep an honest journal of your drinking.
  • Start with a non-alcoholic drink to quench your thirst.
  • Don't drink on an empty stomach.
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Avoid heavy drinking situations.

 What happens when you stop drinking?

Your skin will clear up within a few days and you'll notice your skin looking and feeling more hydrated.  Alcohol also decreases the body's production of an anti diuretic hormone, which helps the body reabsorb water,so we should not drink alcohol.because that is harmful for our health.

Aminath Saama (ACFS batch 1)
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